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Historical homes

I will be in England at the end of September.

I was really keen to see historical houses/castle outside of London.

The ones I look up eg Althorp, all seem to be closed by then.

Any suggestions of places that are open then would be welcome.


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1. Re: Historical homes

I would recommend Blenheim Palace which is near Oxford. This will still be open.


Also have a look at the National Trust website. They own several historical homes.


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2. Re: Historical homes

Arundel is easy to get to


Eltham Palace, a palace with history back to Henry VIII and renovated in the art deco style, is easy to get to


Hever, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, is easy to get to although I had to walk about a 1/2 hour to get there, I understand you can also get a taxi from a different station


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3. Re: Historical homes

Two really lovely old manor homes that I have visited outside London are "Montacute" and "Cotehele". I may have the spellings inaccurate but google them and take a look.

Edited: 18 April 2013, 03:04
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4. Re: Historical homes

I thought that most of the houses were closed in October, but still open in September.

Polesden Lacey is another, beautiful home--open in September, perhaps on a more limited schedule.


For Castles/Palaces, you can visit Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace, both about 30 minutes train journey.

Visiting Windsor Castle:


Edited: 18 April 2013, 04:13
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5. Re: Historical homes

Hello! Cotehele previously mentioned is a NT property, very old and beautiful in a lovely riverside location. Unfortunately it's on the Tamar Valley, the Devon/Cornwall border and not day trippable from London- but well worth seeking out if you are in theSouth West.

Suggest you look on the National Trust website for lots of lovely places, all f whichshould be open in September

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6. Re: Historical homes

None of the major stately homes now mainly given over to being visited closes as early as September.

A couple of uninteresting places - like Althorp and Highclere - remain essentially private houses, forced temporarily into very limited visiting periods because of some media hype or other. They must be the ones you've been looking at

The most heavily visited stately homes - like Chatsworth, Blenheim or Castle Howard - haven't joined the National Trust system and the most popular are open at least 10 months of the year: a list of them is at http://www.hha.org.uk/.

Otherwise, the National Trust is your friend. Most of their inhabited properties are visitable at least March-October, and usually a month or two longer

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7. Re: Historical homes

www.hatfield-house.co.uk/content.asp… Times & Prices

Hatfield House is open until 29 September.

You can get a train from central London to Hatfield and the gates to the driveway are close by.

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8. Re: Historical homes

Go to the National Trust and English Heritage websites as they will have oodles of homes that will be open in September.

See if your local heritage organisation has any deals with either or both of the above so you can get reduced or free entry.

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9. Re: Historical homes

Hi Cynthia - if you are an Australian National Trust member - the British National Trust recognises & reciprocates the membership - afaik English Heritage doesn't have a reciprocal agreement. (I have been looking into it for my upcoming Sept - Oct trip)

Hope you have a great trip

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10. Re: Historical homes

Houghton Hall in Norfolk has an exhibition of paintings on loan from St Petersburg until 29th September


It's quite close to the Queen's estate at Sandringham so you could combine the two. It's probably too far from London to do comfortably without an overnight stay though.